Feb 20

Nursery – first pix!

Posted by Matty

Here are some pictures and video of Evie’s nursery. Nanc and I have been working on it for a while, and finally have something to show off!

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Jun 8

Keyboard Carwash

Posted by Matty

I’ve been getting ready for my new job, cleaning out my laptop bag and organizing my stuff. I took a look at my work keyboard, and it was kinda filthy. Okay, really filthy. If the CDC were to run tests on it, I’m sure they would quarantine or destroy it.

How would a lazy creative person deal with this situation?

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Jun 4

I wish I could quit you

Posted by Matty

I don’t really talk about real life on the blog much, but sometimes the stories are just too good to pass up.

This might be a little rant-like. I have some purging to do.

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Oct 26

Keys

Posted by Nanc

I’d like to apologize in advance for the backseat this blog will take, and its temporary metamorphosis into a DIY/home decorating/home repair blog. We try to use the blog to reflect our current interests and activities, and will continue to do so.

This may hold our interests for a while.

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Dec 29

I’m thankful for yarn.

Posted by Nanc

During this holiday break, I thought it might be a good idea to catch up on some of my stories that never did make it out in blogland. This one is from our Thanksgiving trip to Baltimore. You may remember some of our adventures from here and here.

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Sep 6

Ack!

Posted by Nanc

For the love of all that good and holey*, WHY?!

Let me state for the record that I am not a pattern-reader. Oh sure, I know how to read a pattern and follow directions just fine. But I do not possess the talent to simply read some knitting gibberish and innately understand how each stitch works with the others to create the final product. I cannot fathom that finished object without a clever picture or sketch.

And while we’re at it, I really like my instructions to … well, instruct. Give me directions. Tell me when to do what and how. If a certain method of casting on, binding off, or seaming gave you the style shown (IF SHOWN!), then for monkeys’ sake tell us!

All that? Just to prepare you for a sad realization that knocked me for a loop this afternoon.

*In the knitting world, it seems that “holey” would have more influence than “holy” (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

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Aug 7

Knitting, what knitting?

Posted by Nanc

Okay. So there is some knitting that has occurred ‘en mi casa’. A stitch here and there to while away the time. But the progress is slow and not too exciting.

Which is just the reason (as if we needed any) that our buddy Vannakin will show off these FOs, UFOs, and WIPs*! That ought’ta get the place jumpin’!

Just so ya’ know, this is an image and link laden post. Carry on.

Finished Objects, Un-Finished Objects, and Works-In-Progress

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Jul 12

House Drinks

Posted by Nanc and Matty

We know. It’s hot and bright out. The heat saps your energy and the sun? The sun, she causes wrinkles in the corners of your eyes. (Not that they’re noticable on you. YOU look loverly and well-rested.)

So come into the shade, just to cool off and rest a while. Maybe leave when it’s not so hot and blinding out.

Well, since you’re here, can we offer you a beverage? Something nice and refreshing, perhaps with a little bite to it? Oh sure, we have our tasty limeade that will surely quench your thirst. But perhaps I can recommend one of our house drinks instead?

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Feb 3

I am a wuss

Posted by Nanc

There are all sorts of injuries you can obtain while knitting. Typically, these fall into two main categories: boring but serious, or comical yet painful.

In the ‘boring but serious’ group you have the common ailment of knitting for too long until you have worn out/pulled a muscle in your hand/arm/shoulder/back. This requires time away from knitting to rest and repair the damage. Also, carpal tunnel is a biggie here. Not fun. Hurts like heck. But boring none-the-less.

Occasionally a fiasco happens while knitting which, after the injury and ego have healed sufficiently, is quite funny. Sitting on the pointing end of a needle or a yarn stash avalanche are two examples of this type of injury.

But those kinds of knitting mishaps are acceptable in this crafty world. Silly sometimes, but still allowable. Me? What makes me a sad little injured wuss? I have a bruise on the tip of my index finger from pushing yarn and stitches around my needles. Oh, how sad.

Of course, it’s not noticeable so I can’t garnish sympathy from friends or hubby. They see no boo-boo. It’s like I’m cryin’ over spilled Noro. And do you know how many things you do with the tip of your index finger? LOTS. Nearly everything. And it hurts every single time. Even typing this friggin’ article hurts! (Hmmm, I wonder if I could avoid using the F, V, B, G, T, and R keys?)

So I am pansy. A wuss. I feel like I should be taunted in the halls. Young children should chase me and throw point protectors at me. I will run away and hide in the woods where I will have to learn latch hook to stay alive. Woe is me.

Dec 3

Not completely greenie

Posted by Nanc

I finished by beanie cap. You know, that lurvly Silk Garden cap that I was ranting and raving about just a post or two ago. The green one. Well, guess what? It’s not all green!

Oh, I knew that it wasn’t going to stay all green. I saw the other colors and I even mentioned them in the other post. But what a shocking change from the greens that were happening. And how I lurve it! The hat fits snug and good on my noggin, and it’s yummy-warm. The colors are great and it was fun to knit up.

So it’s a FO. Yay! The pic here is the “extra” yarn that was left over from the skein. More than I was expecting, but don’t worry – I know how to use it all up.

But I couldn’t stop there, could I? (A knitter is never truly done knitting.) I’ve started some more project(s) and learned some new tricks/tips. I’m evolving into a right, fine knitter. yup.

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